The French ban on the burkini has taken yet another turn as armed police officers, holding batons and pepper spray, ordered a Muslim woman to strip off on a busy beach in Cannes.
The images went viral on social media late on Tuesday and the hashtags #BurkiniBan and #WTFFRANCE started trending worldwide, with many people expressing shock and outrage.
Is this laicite?
Shock at armed patrols
Some people delved into history to make a point
But women’s freedom to choose dominated debate
With scepticism about the measure's ability to improve security rife
People also linked the ban to restrictions on women’s freedom in the Middle East
LBC’s James O’Brien pulled no punches
Wetsuits must go!
UK politicians got stuck into the debate too
And a few users chirped in with some irony
Then there was Nigella...